matplotlib 1.1 supports Python 2.4 to 2.7
Ryan May has written a backend-independent framework for creating
animated figures. The
animation module is intended
to replace the backend-specific examples formerly in the
Examples listings. Examples using the new framework are
in Animation; see the entrancing
pendulum <gallery/animation/double_pendulum_sgskip.py> which uses
matplotlib.animation.Animation.save() to create the movie below.
This should be considered as a beta release of the framework; please try it and provide feedback.
A frequent issue raised by users of matplotlib is the lack of a layout
engine to nicely space out elements of the plots. While matplotlib still
adheres to the philosophy of giving users complete control over the placement
of plot elements, Jae-Joon Lee created the
module and introduced a new
to address the most common layout issues.
The usage of this functionality can be as simple as
and it will adjust the spacing between subplots so that the axis labels do not overlap with neighboring subplots. A Tight Layout guide has been created to show how to use this new tool.
Gerald Storer made the Qt4 backend compatible with PySide as well as PyQT4. At present, however, PySide does not support the PyOS_InputHook mechanism for handling gui events while waiting for text input, so it cannot be used with the new version 0.11 of IPython. Until this feature appears in PySide, IPython users should use the PyQT4 wrapper for QT4, which remains the matplotlib default.
An rcParam entry, "backend.qt4", has been added to allow users to select PyQt4, PyQt4v2, or PySide. The latter two use the Version 2 Qt API. In most cases, users can ignore this rcParam variable; it is available to aid in testing, and to provide control for users who are embedding matplotlib in a PyQt4 or PySide app.
Jae-Joon Lee has improved plot legends. First,
legends for complex plots such as
will now display correctly. Second, the 'best' placement of a legend has
been improved in the presence of NANs.
See the Legend guide for more detailed explanation and examples.
In continuing the efforts to make 3D plotting in matplotlib just as easy
as 2D plotting, Ben Root has made several improvements to the
Axes3Dhas been improved to bring the class towards feature-parity with regular Axes objects
Documentation for The mplot3d toolkit was significantly expanded
Axis labels and orientation improved
Most 3D plotting functions now support empty inputs
Ticker offset display added:
contourf()gains zdir and offset kwargs. You can now do this:
After more than two years of deprecation warnings, Numerix support has now been completely removed from matplotlib.
The list of available markers for
scatter() has now been merged. While they
were mostly similar, some markers existed for one function, but not
the other. This merge did result in a conflict for the 'd' diamond
marker. Now, 'd' will be interpreted to always mean "thin" diamond
while 'D' will mean "regular" diamond.
Thanks to Michael Droettboom for this effort.
Unit support for polar axes and
PolarAxesgains getters and setters for "theta_direction", and "theta_offset" to allow for theta to go in either the clock-wise or counter-clockwise direction and to specify where zero degrees should be placed.
set_theta_zero_location()is an added convenience function.
Fixed error in argument handling for tri-functions such as
axes.labelweightparameter added to rcParams.
imshow(), interpolation='nearest' will now always perform an interpolation. A "none" option has been added to indicate no interpolation at all.
An error in the Hammer projection has been fixed.
contour()now accepts a callable. Thanks to Daniel Hyams for the original patch.
Christoph Gohlke reduced memory usage in
scatter()now accepts empty inputs.
The behavior for 'symlog' scale has been fixed, but this may result in some minor changes to existing plots. This work was refined by ssyr.
Peter Butterworth added named figure support to
Michiel de Hoon has modified the MacOSX backend to make its interactive behavior consistent with the other backends.
Pim Schellart added a new colormap called "cubehelix". Sameer Grover also added a colormap called "coolwarm". See it and all other colormaps here.
Many bug fixes and documentation improvements.